Welcome to my blog. After many years in the public service and working in the real world, I am now writing books. I have written and published a historical novel, A Weaver’s Web, set in early 19th century Manchester area of the UK. It is available at Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H52SEEK), US (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H52SEEK) and other countries as well as Google Play, Kobo and Apple.
A Weaver’s Web is about handloom weaver Henry Wakefield and his family who live in abject poverty in early 19th century Manchester, UK. He clashes with everyone from his wife Sarah to a factory agent, a local priest, and reformers, and son Albert runs away. Henry starts his own factory and becomes quite wealthy, but family members suffer. While Henry makes money, Sarah is put in the lunatic asylum, Albert is sent to New South Wales as a convict, and another son Benjamin faces eviction from the family home for having a baby to an orphan girl. Finally, someone starts a fire at Henry’s factory at night, but he is inside it.
The novel has a star average of 4.8 at Goodreads and 4.7 at Amazon, which is right up there. Selected comments by reviewers:
– It is a heartbreaking story of love, loss, acceptance and growth.
– It is beautifully written and crafted into an immediate classic.
– … this book is pure delight from start to finish.
– A mesmerizing novel of the struggle between the individual and the Industrial Revolution
– … this will be my favorite (best) read of the year!
– His writing style is of very high quality, not unlike a modern day Charles Dickens …
– … it was almost like a Mancunian Grapes of Wrath, but with the poor family finding its wealth. (UK literary agent)
– … watching the drama of this fascinating family unfold could be likened to the writing of Fitzgerald or John Dos Passos, compelling and brutally sincere.
I have written a non-fiction book, Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett: Convict and Castaway, which I plan to publish as an ebook later in 2014 or early 2015. Printed copies are still available at Amazon and a few other book sites. Also, I am writing a book on the history of daylight saving time.
I will aim to respond to any comments I receive here on the blog.
Chris Pearce, BEcon (Hons), MBA